Thursday, June 16th, 2022 7pm – 8pm
In Marietta before the Civil War, the Ohio River created a distinct geographical division between slave and “free” territory, but the division between those who supported slavery and those who did not was not always so clear. A media-rich town, Marietta was home to more than a dozen newspapers between its first publication, in 1801, and the day in 1863 when the neighboring shore became a “free” state, West Virginia.
In Liquid Boundaries, we will review clues found in the pages of Marietta’s press during those sixty-plus years of the prevailing sentiments about slavery and freedom in an area where issues about the morality, economic feasibility, and personal safety of this “peculiar institution” were intertwined as surely as the populations on the Virginia and Ohio shores. The newspapers’ reports reveal that the boundary between slavery sentiments was often as liquid as the ever-changing and flowing river that formed the geographical border between Virginia and Ohio.
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About the speaker: Dr. Linda Lockhart is an associate professor in Marietta College’s Department of Communication, whose primary research focus is mass communication history. A mid-Ohio Valley native, her research focuses on local and regional communicators of significance. In addition to the content analysis of the Marietta newspapers’ coverage of slavery, shared in Liquid Boundaries, her projects have included studies of A.W. Campbell, an editor in Wheeling who was a founding father of West Virginia and Angelique Martin, a mid-nineteenth century Marietta resident who wrote for women’s equality. Her most recent research explores the work of a pioneer in women’s radio, long-time Marietta resident Sally Hille. Lockhart holds degrees in journalism from Ohio University and Marietta College. After residing in Newport, Ohio, for 40 years, Lockhart now lives in Hockingport, Ohio.
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